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Indiana Dunes Hiking Challenge

“Diana’s Dare,” a new hiking challenge, kicks off at Indiana Dunes National Park with an online competition on March 25th at 2:00 pm. Learn why the park has been renamed a West Beach dune in honor of the legendary Diana of the Dunes and is daring visitors to try and hike to the top. 

More than 100 years ago, Alice Mabel Gray left her city life in Chicago, choosing instead to live in a deserted shanty along the Indiana Dunes’ wild shoreline. For the next 10 years, as she explored her beloved Dunes, she withstood both natural hardships and those created by a relentless, sensation-driven press. She became known as “Diana of the Dunes,” and her escapades in the region have since become the stuff of legends, ghost stories, and books.  

Indiana Dunes National Park
Sunset Hike at Indiana Dunes – Courtesy NPS

Learn how you can follow in her footsteps during an online presentation on March 25th at 2:00 pm. Get a preview of this challenging new trail experience and learn more about the life and legacy of Alice Gray. See a preview of a fun selfie station and the trail’s spectacular views of Lake Michigan. The Diana’s Dare Trail Challenge is made possible through a partnership between Indiana Dunes Tourism, the Friends of Indiana Dunes, and Indiana Dunes National Park. This online presentation is free—no need to register. Just go to the national park’s Facebook page: IndianaDunesNPS at 2:00 pm on March 25th

For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, please contact the visitor center’s information line at 219-395-1882.  

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